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The Parks to Ports Greenway that is being constructed along Route 347 has made the morning commute miserable for many, but what they don’t know is that the project is doing more than adding a few flowers and bike lanes– it’s making them healthier. What began as a “vision plan for a green route 347” back in 2009 has become one part of a 13-phase project that spans 15 miles from Hauppauge to Port Jefferson, on Long Island, NY. The project is aimed at “protecting and improving the environment, safety and mobility, and integrating transportation systems into the fabric of communities” according to the New York State Department of Transportation. But while it has been listed as the top priority of the project’s description, the environment has not always been a primary concern. “I remember seeing the original drawing of what they wanted to do there,” Assemblyman Michael J. Fitzpatrick…

George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road is a film, set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland that shows a systematically oppressed group of “Wives” escaping a capitalist cyborg king as he tries to birth the perfect son. The movie opens with the aforementioned king, Immortan Joe, sending his “Imperator” Furiosa, on a mission to “bring back ‘guzzaline’ from Gastown And bullets from the Bullet Farm” (Miller 0:08:00). The audience quickly learns that Furiosa – the short-haired, one-metal-arm warrior woman – is smuggling Joe’s birthing wives to safety. Joe covets these women because his ultimate goal is to produce a son free of mutations, disabilities, or degenerative diseases to carry on his reign since all of his previous attempts have resulted in children who cannot operate without prosthetics. Similarly, this objectification of the Wives institutionalizes their bodies as weak, pure reproductive wombs. Reliance on a prosthetic, liquid (blood, water, milk) or mechanical, is…

I’ve devoted over 60 hours to eviscerating my enemies, shoving people off cliffs and executing those I’ve bested. I have felt the swell of triumph that comes with defeating a good opponent and the aggravation from being slaughtered by three or four other warriors. What’s important are the emotions, the drive and the medieval combat that has never before been realized in the way that it has been in “For Honor.” The game takes these beautiful battles and spans them throughout five multiplayer modes and a short-but-sweet story mode. Across all modes players are given a distinct choice of who to play as: Knights, Vikings or Samurai. I don’t know about you, but many hours of my childhood were spent pondering on who would win in this showdown and “For Honor” finally gives me the chance to realize this competition in an advanced, beautifully-backdropped and skill-intensive way. When…

Battlefield 1 is stunning. The depiction of World War I in a video game has never felt more real, both graphically and emotionally. Battlefield 1 strikes a chord that has been absent in recent war first person shooters. Though the single-player campaign is forgettable, the mood that is set here, as well as in the game’s phenomenal multiplayer, leads to a greater understanding of the scale and the violence of The Great War. In the tradition of Battlefield’s large-scale warfare, Battlefield 1’s multiplayer knocks it out of the park. The formula has been basically the same ever since the franchise’s first installment, “Battlefield 1942,” released over 10 years ago. Class-based infantry battles combined with weighty vehicles and intelligently designed maps have been a common theme throughout the franchise and they can be found again here in full force. The charm of the scenarios that play out when 64 players are…

Star Wars: Rogue One is amazing. Though the reshoots had me and many other Star Wars fans nervous, the end result does an incredible job of jump-starting the tradition of “Star Wars stories,” while creating a cinematic experience to rival The Empire Strikes Back that takes a meaningful look at the people behind the rebel alliance. While Star Wars: The Force Awakens was a step into unfamiliar territory –– attempting to create a meaningful story and characters that would justify further installments –– Rogue One is the first of Disney and Lucasfilms Star Wars spinoff films and it needed to succeed, and does. The movie sheds light on the alliance that viewers of the original trilogy met just as they were about to attack the Death Star. Rogue One tells the story of Jyn Erso (played by Felicity Jones), and the group of rebels that fought to steal the…

Last night marked the return of AMC’s gargantuan series The Walking Dead, and if you haven’t seen the episode yet, don’t read further. Last season finale “Last Day on Earth” concluded last April with something every single Walking Dead fan hated: a cliff hanger. The group was trying to get Maggie to a doctor because she’s pregnant and they were cornered by Negan (played by Jeffery Dean Morgan) whom they believed they had previously killed. Surprise! He’s alive and he’s got his favorite “vampire bat,” Lucille, with him. This episode “The Day Will Come When you Won’t Be” did one of two things for fans of the show. Either A: you were torn up inside watching Abraham and Glenn get their brain-matter smeared on the dirt, or B: you were pissed at the show for killing off Glenn, who had JUST come back from a season cliffhanger where we had…

The thought of paying for something before it has been released seems ridiculous nowadays, but oftentimes video game companies begin selling their products months and sometimes years in advance––today, consumers are willing to hand over their money after only seeing a trailer with no guarantee that the game is going to hold up its end of the deal. This has always been an issue, but with the rise in price of most video games, the effect is being felt now more than ever before. Recently, games like The Division, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and many more have become the subject of scrutiny due to their trailers not accurately portraying the finished product. The Division was announced at E3 2013 and soon afterwards a gameplay trailer was released that depicted features that didn’t show up in the finished product. Similarly, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was originally shown off with…

The public sauntered under the shadow of the Manhattan Bridge Sunday afternoon as they carefully rummaged through mismatched chess pieces, suitcases of antique pins and old shoes stuffed with old newspaper. The Brooklyn Flea was brimming with everything from repurposed furniture and jewelry to hard-to-find Star Wars toys. With 75 vendors, there’s a vintage gem– and more importantly, delicious food– for everyone. While the commodities were old, the patrons were mostly young, and some even had four legs. It is satisfying to see, for a generation that is constantly critiqued for being obsessed with the latest forms of technology, that so many of us are engrossed in the idea of giving old items new purpose. “We found it on the side of the road,” said Christen, a.k.a. “The plant lady,” when asked about her repurposed moving truck turned green house on wheels. Christen and her partner Ivan are the two…

As the clock crept past 3 a.m., my Ghost and I enjoyed a beautiful moment of reflection as we stood over the corpses of some Fallen Vandals. I had just completed the “We Found a Rifle” mission and I realized that after more than two years with Destiny, I was not asked to hack any terminal or to kill any enemies. Instead, I was asked to take in the view. Destiny’s “Rise of Iron” is the game’s fourth expansion, with new aliens, new co-op content and new loot to grind for. If you are like me and were looking for an excuse to get back into the daily grind that is Destiny, then you’re in luck. The expansion, similar to its first story boss (spoilers), Sepiks Perfected, finally feels like it has reached its stride. I’ll admit, the road to this expansion was not an easy one. At one point…